GRE Vocabulary II (Princeton Review)
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GRE Vocabulary II (Princeton Review)
GRE Vocabulary Princeton
Hit Parade Group 2
: to lessen in intensity or degree
In an hour or so the storm would abate and they could leave.
: an expression of praise
He does not praise his employees; silence is his highest accolade.
: excessive praise; intense adoration
But here in America, great accomplishments and pop-culture adulation walk hand in hand.
: dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
The new browser is much more than an aesthetic overhaul.
: to make better or more tolerable
I'm very glad to see someone working to help ameliorate that situation.
: one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
He renounced his kingdom and embraced instead the path of the ascetic.
: greed, esp. for wealth
Usually, politics is about the avarice of one person or group in conflict .
: a universally recognized principle
Another axiom of science is dispassionate observation.
: to grow rapidly or florish
Expect the black market to burgeon again.
: rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
It's true that I had a bucolic, truly peaceful childhood, growing up in a house next to our family's orchard.
: harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
Some worry that such changes will invite a cacophony of contentious discussion.
: an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
In the ancient canon of the Roman mass, he is ranked among the martyrs
: a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
The bombing attack was the catalyst for war.
: burning or stinging; causing corrosion
a caustic cleaner
: wary; cautious; sparing
most people are chary of allowing themselves to be photographed
: appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
The judge rejected that argument in a cogent and wholly convincing judgment.
: the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
A rebellion of public opinion against such complaisance is possible but not certain.
: argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
a contentious issue
: regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
a broken and a contrite heart
: deserving blame
sometimes you’re just as culpable when you watch something as when you actually participate
: smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
there is a dearth of evidence
: to question or oppose
normally she would have accepted the challenge, but she demurred
: intended to teach or instruct
a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice
: cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
she knew she could rely on his discretion
: free of bias or self-interested; impartial
a banker is under an obligation to give disinterested advice
: expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
he gives his opinion without trying to be dogmatic
: the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
the ebullience of happy children
: composed of elements drawn from various sources
her musical tastes are eclectic
: a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
As a result, modern elegies more often than not break with the decorum of earlier modes of mourning and become melancholic, self-centered, or mocking.
: soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
an emollient cream
: based on observation or experiment
Our data is based on empirical evidence collected in numerous studies.
: mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
After I did a little research, the subject of metaphysics was no longer so enigmatic to me.
: brief, fleeting
Because of her ephemeral memory, she forgets things all the time!
: intended for or understood by a small, specific group
The medical research was so esoteric that only a few physicians could actually understand the results.
: a speech honoring the dead
he delivered a moving eulogy at his father's funeral
: to remove blame
The job of the defense attorney is to exonerate his clients and keep them out of jail.
: playful; humorous
Do you always have to be so facetious?
: an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
Having money makes you happy is a fallacy because happiness has nothing to do with wealth.
: marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
Students who cheat on tests employ their furtive tactics to avoid getting caught.
: sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
If you want to be more approachable, show a gregarious smile.
: to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
As usual, the priest made his usual harangue about the dangers of listening to rap music.
: violating accepted dogma or convention
men holding heretical opinions were condemned to the stake, women to be buried alive.
: an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
Because Janice was a drama queen, she used a hyperbole in practically every sentence.
: lacking funds; without money
The sorry appearance of the unpaid letter suggested the impecunious condition of its author.
: beginning to come into being or to become apparent
The best way to stop the disease from spreading is by identifying it while it is incipient.
: unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
Nitrogen is a very inert gas
: it will neither burn nor support the combustion of ordinary combustibles.
: harmless; causing no damage
Because the virus was innocuous, the hospital staff had no need to worry about the leak.
: refusing to compromise
When it comes to the safety of my children, I must always take an intransigent position to protect them.
: to obtain by deception or flattery
Their testimony confirmed the defendant's successful efforts to inveigle them into investing in the hedge fund.
: sad; sullen; melancholy
When her dog died, the little girl was morose for months.
: evoking intense aversion or dislike
Cleaning the toilet is such an odious task.
: impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
As Larry is an experienced liar, his stories are always quite opaque.
: the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
He observed a small clockwise motion of the pendulum's apparent plane of oscillation.
: penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
Penurious behavior isn't confined to hosts these days.
: extremely harmful; potentially causing death
If you are going to behave in such a pernicious manner, I would prefer to not be around you.
: to examine with great care
Peruse the manual to set up your television.
: extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
The students running around naked at Berkley Catholic University do not seem very pious.
: one that precedes and indicates or announces another
All too often, high blood pressure is a precursor of heart disease.
: to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
The kiwi's distinctive scent comes from the wax it secretes to preen its feathers.
: abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
After overindulging in a prodigious meal, I really needed a nap.
: producing large volumes or amounts; productive
The prolific chemical reaction produced a lot of carbon monoxide.
: to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
Dead bodies quickly putrefy and so become a health hazard to the living.
: to drink deeply
a man in a dinner suit quaffing champagne
: stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
South could draw several inferences from the opponents' quiescence.
: awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
The revolt speedily collapsed before this redoubtable commander, and Alem and the other leaders surrendered.
: authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority
Imposition of sanctions against Iraq.
: a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
Its impossible to watch any kind of western satire with her.
: sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
The urban poor often lived and worked in squalid and dangerous conditions.
: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
That night it's obvious to Jake that Skeet, usually stoic, is deeply upset.
: to take the place of; to supersede
Nintendo tried to supplant personal computers?
: lethargic; sluggish; dormant
They usually sit in little tents, and make holes in the ice from which they capture torpid fish.
: existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
Personal computers have become ubiquitous in rich countries.
: sophisticated; refined; elegant
He was a good insurance broker: urbane and vigorous, and he could sell.
: to defame; to characterize harshly
People tend to vilify gambling as the root of all evil.
: thick; sticky
The resulting paste forms a wet, viscous brown dough.